We are thrilled to have such a fantastic line-up for the launch of Sarah Leavesley’s How to Grow Matches at the Poetry Café in London 31st March (6.30pm for a 7pm start). We wanted to tell you a bit more about our multi-talented guest readers, Linda Black, Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire –
Linda Black is an award-winning poet and visual artist. Her fourth collection, Slant, was published by Shearsman in 2016; Inventory came out in 2008 and Root in 2011. The Son of a Shoemaker (Hearing Eye 2012), collaged prose-poems based on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, plus the author’s illustrations, was the subject of a Poetry Cafe exhibition in 2013. She is co-editor of Long Poem Magazine.
Together, Joolz Sparkes and Hilaire run London Undercurrents, a poetry project to unearth the voices of strong, feisty women who have lived and worked in the capital city over many centuries. Each poet focuses on her different patch of London – Joolz north of the river and Hilaire, south – bringing to life the imagined, real, everyday and extraordinary women whose untold stories lie just beneath the surface. Their poems have appeared in South Bank Poetry, Brittle Star, Ink Sweat and Tears, Proletarian Poetry and Morning Star.